Even though it seemed like they were finally turning a new leaf and heading in the right direction, Barcelona have faltered once again. This time, Eibar managed to snatch a point at the Camp Nou against Ronald Koeman’s troops and without Lionel Messi in the team.
Of course, that shouldn’t be an excuse and the papers are brutally honest this morning. SPORT call it ‘another disaster‘ as Barça drop more points at home.
What was once an unbreachable fortress has become a place where teams consistently tally good results while the Catalans struggle. Antoine Griezmann couldn’t take control of the game despite Leo not being there and Martin Braithwaite missed a penalty along the way as well.
Philippe Coutinho came off the bench but injured himself and will likely be out until mid-February at the very least, making things much more complicated for Koeman.
Mundo Deportivo are not really much more optimistic either. They say this is turning into a ‘cursed year‘ for Barcelona and that their train for La Liga is slowly getting away.
Even though it’s hard to admit, it does seem like there is no chance whatsoever that we see the Catalans lift a trophy at the end of the season.
Something would have to drastically change within the squad for that to happen.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.